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The O’Shaughnessy features Esperanza Spalding Chamber Music Society

Esperanza Spalding and her Chamber Music Society will perform at The O'Shaughnessy in October.
Esperanza Spalding and her Chamber Music Society will perform at The O'Shaughnessy in October.
Photo courtesy of The O'Shaughnessy

Esperanza Spalding and her Chamber Music Society will perform at The O’Shaughnessy on the St. Paul campus of St. Catherine University in October, bringing a show that defies the limits of genres and categories to the stage. The show is presented by the Dakota Jazz Club and The O'Shaughnessy.

Spalding weaves classical music and jazz with Latin, Brazilian and funky swing, over the backdrop of a string quartet and thudding double bass. The unique sound Spalding brought to pop culture landed her the Best New Artist Grammy Award for 2011.

"Spalding is an inspirational artist, whose fearless, innovative style adventures to places that unite jazz and classical music in fresh, funky and novel ways," said Kathleen Hansen, director of The O'Shaughnessy."The O’Shaughnessy is proud to partner with the Dakota Jazz Club to bring this amazing Grammy-winning artist to our stage."

Spalding grew up in poverty in Portland. She taught herself violin and double bass in junior high, dropped out of high school and joined the Portland Chamber Music Society, then picked up her GED. Rising from adversity, she became a professor at the Berklee School of Music at the age of 19.

Spalding will perform at The O’Shaughnessy on Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the performance range from $37 to $67 for adults.

Tickets for all shows at The O'Shaughnessy are available at The O'Shaughnessy Box Office, Monday through Saturday, from noon to 7 p.m. in person. Tickets may also be purchased  online 24 hours a day at or by phone at (651) 690-6700.

The 2011-02 season also features:

TU Dance

TU Dance returns to The O’Shaughnessy to perform new works by Uri Sands and other favorites from the growing repertory.  Led by Alvin Ailey veterans Toni Pierce-Sands and Uri Sands, TU Dance has quickly become a leading voice in the Minnesota dance scene. The company has garnered audience and critical acclaim for its diverse repertory, versatile artists, and for performances that are engaging, dynamic and generous.  Modern dance, classical ballet, African based and urban vernacular movements are combined in inventive and unpredictable ways to create “compelling, entertaining and emotionally resonant contemporary dances” that celebrate the connective power of dance.   

Performances: Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 at 8 p.m., Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. Individual tickets: $29 adults; $16 students; $11 children 12 and under.

Katie McMahon
Celtic Christmas

Katie McMahon is best known as the original voice of Riverdance. With a soaring soprano that The Irish Times has described as "poetry, perfection, and purity", Katie augments her considerable talent with harmonizing vocalists, rhythmic percussion, and a variety of festive strings for this holiday performance.

In a return to the roots of the Christmas season, the troupe performs Irish favorites as well as European carols and lullabies. Katie's commanding voice conquers forgotten songs of yore in Gaelic, English, French, and German. Accompanied by the Corda Mor Irish Dancers, Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas has become one of the liveliest of the O'Shaughnessy's traditions.

Performances: Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Individual tickets: $27 adults; $22 seniors; $12 children 5 and under; $18 students.

Kevin Kling and Company
Valentine's Day performance

Kevin Kling and friends Dan Chouinard, Bradley Greenwald,  Prudence Johnson, Simone Perrin and Claudia Schmidt celebrate Valentine's Day with songs, poems and stories about the many sides of love.  Whether it’s family, friend or soul-mate, a little heat on a February night is never a bad idea!

Performances: Feb. 11, 2012. Tickets for this show will be available soon.

Sep. 14, 2011 by Melissa Kaelin

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